D&L’s Batteries

I may have mentioned that Neighbor D is, er, particular about when and how certain issues of maintenance are handled. He has 16 big Rolls Surrette batteries, (he needs all that because he runs at 48V for his 240V workshop tools,) each one costs three times what one of my new batteries does, and he’s not made of money.


When he was in the hospital 4-5 years ago he fretted about his batteries, which he lovingly services every two weeks, and … it’s not that they’re due, it’s that this is the day. So, because he really will worry about it, I went over and inspected and filled his batteries this morning.

That’s a nice box. The only one I know of locally with active venting. I’d have built it with a removable front because those things are heavy, but other than that it’s a joy to work with.

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6 Responses to D&L’s Batteries

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good neighbor. Less stress for D = more better healing for D.

  2. Jim Price says:

    You’re a good man Joel. We should all be so lucky to have neighbors like you. Sounds like you have a wonderful little community out there.

  3. Mike says:

    Looking at the photo, that sure does look like a nice battery setup D has. I totally understand his attitude of babying the power setup, he has a lot to lose if things go south. Joel, your act of doing this chore, while small, is another weight that is off D’s shoulders and every little bit helps.

  4. Zendo Deb says:

    That’s a system that calls out for an automatic watering system

  5. RCPete says:

    I have Rolls Surrette batteries in a 24V system we use for backup power. Neglected to check the water levels for 2.5 years, and when I did, needed about 2.5 gallons of water. However, none of water levels dropped below the top of the plates. For what it’s worth, I use WaterWise fliptop caps, though I found I need to remove the caps when adding lots-o-water.

    The bigger 48V system in the pumphouse uses Trojans. Rolls Surrettes would have to be shipped from California, and that’s an expensive pain beyond the cost of the batteries. Checked the water level in the Trojans after 2 months of service, and I needed a half gallon total for the 8 batteries. Those also use WaterWise caps. I can’t get out to that system until the foot doctor takes some hardware out, but I think I’ll be OK.

    Water checking in both systems is now on the schedule.

  6. RCPete says:

    Make that Water Miser.

To the stake with the heretic!